Finding the “Best Fit” Microsoft Partner for You

Before you select a new partner for your transition to Microsoft Dynamics, give some thought to the internal resources you have to devote to the changeover. Is there an internal team that can help with training? Should you outsource some of this work to the Microsoft partner or can you do it yourself? Finding the right partnership to help you transition to Microsoft Dynamics can make the difference between a successful implementation and feeling like you made a big mistake.

Dynamics NAV Artisans know you have many choices when it comes to selecting a Microsoft Partner. But, we also know that not all Microsoft partners are the best fit for your business. Partners are becoming specialists in the Microsoft channel and it is important for your team to know who that ‘right’ partner is; we can help your team make that decision. Over the years, we’ve talked with our clients, as well as end users that have had bad experiences with our competitors. Based on their feedback, here are the top three key credentials to look for in a Microsoft Dynamics partner.

1.Understands Business Processes
The Microsoft Certified Partner should have a proven track record of assessing core business competencies and finding the right match of Microsoft products to fit your needs. This partner should understand your underlying goals for adopting the technology as well as the strengths and weaknesses of internal teams, which may make implementation a breeze or a challenge. What are the business objectives driving you to make this change? Your Microsoft partner should understand the needs, wants, and priorities behind your decision to switch to Dynamics.

2. Microsoft Software Knowledge
Understanding the technology is crucial in any software adoption, but we think it’s even more important with Dynamics. That’s because the software is sophisticated, with wide-ranging customizations and features. The product is so flexible that there are multiple solutions within the software to a variety of problems you might be having. Having the right vendor by your side will allow you to select wisely right out of the gate. From infrastructure to integration, your new Microsoft partner should help streamline your business practices and increase performance to improve your ROI.

3. Deployment Experience
A certified Microsoft Partner is trained in many competencies related to Dynamics software deployment. Should you select Microsoft Azure’s private cloud, an on-premise application, the public cloud, or a hybrid model? How will you migrate data? Will you go live with a big bang or a gradual roll out?

What is your plan for training staff in the best practices that will help them succeed? Your Microsoft Partner should be able to assist you with all these questions and more. That’s because the best partners have a strong track record of successful transitions to the Dynamics platform. A strong partnership will include proactive support before, during, and after Dynamics implementation.